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Public schools in Abia reopen today as teachers suspend 2-mth strike

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—AFTER two months of forced closure, public schools in Abia State will reopen today following the suspension of the two-month-old strike by teachers in public primary and secondary school.

The teachers had refused to return to classes after the Christmas and New Year holidays, asking the state government to pay the arrears of their salaries, which stood  at about six months.

However, the government had managed to pay them up to October and appealed to them to shelve the strike  and give it up to the end of next month to clear the arrears.

Following the appeal by the State Government, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has directed its members to return to classrooms today.

Chairman of the union in the state, Chizobem Akparanta, who confirmed the suspension, warned however, that they would resume the strike if government failed to meet its promise.

He confirmed that government had paid them up to October 2016, leaving outstanding arrears of November, December 2016 and January 2017.

Based on the efforts of the government to offset the salary arrears, Akparanta said the union had decided to suspend the strike, stressing that the strike was not called off and would be resumed if government failed to fulfill its promise of clearing the arrears by end of March.


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